City Traipsing

You didn’t like to be photographed, though
God knows why
You were beautiful
My favorite picture is the one of you in Brooklyn
in the ’50s
Dapper and sophisticated
Sitting on top of a car with your sister and husband
You’ve been on my mind every time I’ve explored the city on my own
Did you read in Central Park?
Did you sit under the blue whale in the Museum of Natural History?
I wish you were still around to answer the questions that I’m finally old enough to ask
Because in this city of eight million people
I’ve never felt closer to you than I do here

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